Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the admission requirements?
A. For general admission, you should have college preparatory classes with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. The classes we recommend you take include English (4 years), math (3), science (3), social studies (3), fine arts (1), computer science (1), and at least two years of foreign language. You should have an ACT composite score of at least 20 (or SAT of 950). Finally, we will also consider an applicant's extracurricular activities, leadership, and admission essay.
Q. Is there an application deadline?
A. Augustana College admits students on a rolling basis. We recommend working on the application during the summer prior to your senior year, or the fall of your senior year. February 1 is the priority application date for several scholarships.
Q. When are your campus visit days?
A. We host several visit day programs throughout the year. These days are a great way to check out Augustana, but we would also be happy to visit with you personally. Call to arrange a campus visit structured to meet your goals.
Q. What types of placement tests or proficiency exams or credit do you offer/accept?
A. Augustana College offers the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) testing for credit. The testing fee is $80. Foreign language placement for first-year students occurs online prior to registration. Credit may be received if the student completes an advanced course with a grade of at least C- and if the student pays the transcripting fee ($100). The College also accepts Advanced Placement (AP) test scores of 4 or 5 for credit. Additional information is available through academic advising.
Q. Is there a requirement to live on campus?
A. As a residential college, we affirm the value of living in community together and therefore require students to live on campus for three years from the time of high school graduation. Augustana offers a variety of housing opportunities, including traditional residence halls, theme houses, and apartments.
Q. What percentage of the students live in college housing?
A. Over 2/3 of our full-time students choose to live in college housing, including 97 percent of the freshmen and 80 percent of the sophomores. Theme Houses are a popular housing option for upper-class students.
Q. May freshmen have cars?
A. Yes. While a car can be helpful, it is not necessary to get places. Augustana is centrally located in Sioux Falls and is within walking/biking distance of banks, grocery stores, restaurants, and other popular locations. The Sioux Area Metro (the city bus service) also stops on campus. If you bring a car, a parking permit is required. The cost is $165/year.
Q. Is there a different cost for in-state versus out-state students?
A. No. The cost is the same for South Dakota residents and residents of other states or countries.
Q. How many computers are available and are they accessible on a 24-hour basis?
A. The student to computer ratio is 5:1. This ratio does not include the personal computers students bring from home. Many labs are available on a 24-hour basis, including a computer lab in each residence hall.
Q. Do you recommend students have a personal computer?
A. Having your own computer is helpful, but not a necessity. Residence hall rooms have dual band N wireless and are also wired for cable and high-speed internet connection. Each residence hall and every academic building has a computer lab. Most of Augustana's indoor areas have wireless internet access.
Q. I have completed some post-secondary work at another college. Will Augustana accept this credit?
A. In general, if you complete courses at a regionally accredited college or university with at least a "C-" grade, credit will be accepted. For more specific information on the required accreditation, please refer to information for transfer students. Post-secondary work completed prior to high school graduation is subject to approval of the Registrar and is generally limited to 32 credit hours.